hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capones. Poured a deeper golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral green hops, pine, and citrus. Nice and hoppy and on the aromas alone, I would have pegged this as an IPA. Tastes of citrus, floral, and light caramel. A very nice surprise.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a mostly translucent golden amber with a small off white bubbly head. Aroma was a ton of fresh hops, loads of Cascade along with some Centennial, orange, pine, floral and a lot of caramel malt to balance it all out. Flavor was a lot of the same, nice chewy hops, great pale ale, nice balance of hop bitterness and malt. This should be the favorite beer of any kid who drinks beer at Penn State!
Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of Juart. Pours a deep amber color with a slight red orange hue. Has a small beige head that was pretty fizzy and gone quickly. A fruity grassy hop aroma with flowery citrus honey. Some grapefruit, but the bottle is a little older, so it is more really sweet ripe, than bitter. That being said, for the age of the bottle, the bitter has held in there. Some brown sugar and butterscotch. Very well-balanced. Has a pretty decent body. Not much carbonation, but a sort of oily texture.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared with Naka. Pours an iradescent orange with cherry red hues. Small, white, half finger head. Nose is bubblegum, citrus, floral and pine hops. Nice hop flavor, floral and citrusy. Balanced well with a sweet caramel backbone. Modrate to high bitterness at the end that lingers well into the after, the slips away quitely leaving you to want more. A good APA, and I’m sure it’s better fresh. This bottle was 8 months old.
Dacrza (687) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange body with a thin white head in a HopDevil glass... bright and efficient, with sporadic tracings on the glass... sharp spruce and hops, light and clean... bubbly and smooth on the palate--a bit creamy on the tongue... swift and pleasant... a bit on the lighter side of pale ales--surprising (and refreshing) from a micro! and yet, perhaps, this is the way one should taste... a mixture of feelings: another winner from Ryan, but this ale is a step below Sierra Nevada, not to mention the other Otto’s brews I’ve sampled--but it is solid, and who doesn’t love something with Mt. Nittany in its name!?
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Otto’s. Pours a bright golden-orange color; white head with solid lacing. Solid amounts of resiny oranges and passion fruit in the aroma; sweet, tree fruit (similar to the Nugget Pale Ale). Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery on the edges, but very drinkable; oranges, passion fruit (again, Nugget hops?); very pleasant, drinkable pale ale. Medium finish: oranges and a touch of sugar.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean coppery hue with a fading frothy head but left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy and citric hops, dusty yeast esters, caramel and biscuity malt, slight clove and pepper, and a touch soapy. The taste starts moderately bitter but is quickly balance by sweet and grainy malts. Dry and chalky finish with just a hint of hop spice, a tad short on the palate. Overall a refreshing beer but not that deep, worthy of a try.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a clear copper with full white head. full sweet citrus aroma, light front with mild citrus background, sweet finish and mild hops, not too complex.
MrYuk (21) - Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After drinking nothing but stouts for the last few weeks, this one is a real nice treat! Extremely refreshing. Sweet, floral hops dominate, making this a very drinkable beer. A new favorite!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep oranage brown color whispy dense off white heaad w/ nice lace. Nice fresh citrus hop aroma starts to fade and doesn’t leave much else real light pine and caramel. Pretty basic pa aroma. Avg pal. Light flavor easy to drink very mellow sweet hop flowers followe dby some grains and maybe a hint of cardboard.. bland but unoffensive.